News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- As the gun debate in America continues, gun enthusiasts in Augusta are getting together this weekend for their annual gun show. Setup started Friday for the weekend event.
They say at all of their gun shows in the past month, everything has been on the rise. Attendance, prices and sales are all up, and they don't expect this weekend to be any different.
"It's been chaos," said dealer Ed Moreaux. "It's been making people pretty wealthy over night."
Moreaux has been dealing guns for five years. He sells everything military from toys and jewelry to guns and ammunition.
"It's been a really good market for the ammo business, the guns, and for us, too -- our toys and anything that has to do with military memorabilia," Moreaux said.
In fact, it's been so good he's having trouble keeping guns and ammo on the table.
"You just can't get them," he explained. "People are gobbling them up at three times what they're really worth."
With recent threats of stricter gun legislation, gun show attendance is up, prices are up and sales are through the roof.
"It's hard to keep ammo in stock for a lot of these guys," said Gunrunner Shows CEO Larry Steverson. "A lot don't have any in stock. The assault weapons are drying up, even though the price had doubled and tripled on some of them, but we still had some for this weekend."
He says if you want any type of assault weapon, come early because they'll sell fast.
"By the end of the day Saturday there's bare spots on these gun dealers' tables," Steverson said.
With 40 dealers, more than 200 tables will be filled with all sorts of guns, knives and ammunition.
"You name it, it's pretty much here," Steverson said.
By the end of the weekend, Stevenson says he expects almost every gun and round of ammo will be gone.
"It's fear that they won't be able to get them anymore," he said.
It's something Ed has seen firsthand. Two weeks ago he had 30,000 to 40,000 rounds of ammunition and now he only has 3,000 left.
"We don't have as much as we did," Moreaux said. "We're getting shorter, but yeah, we have some left this weekend."
They are expecting 5,000 to 6,000 people this weekend. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the fairgrounds on Hale Street.